A Message from the Dean

Dean Jenifer Ringer
Welcome to the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, which includes the Colburn’s Youth Dance program and the Colburn Dance Academy.

In our studios, you will find a collection of outstanding faculty who teach dance with care and high expectations while drawing on the expertise gained from their own exceptional professional careers. With the superb guidance of staff and faculty, students will advance in their training beside like-minded peers who are committed, diligent, and who participate together in a curriculum that is structured and progressive.

Our goal is to reinforce joy in dancing and an appreciation of the live music accompaniment provided in every class, while challenging students to always strive for excellence. Through increasingly different levels of technique, students will find the freedom to express themselves as individual artists even as they learn to achieve the most difficult steps in their dance vocabulary.

Each year, the students culminate all of their hard work with a final spring performance in May, with the more advanced students engaged in additional performing opportunities throughout the year.

We invite you to explore our program, attend one of our many performances, and to reach out to us with any questions. And we look forward to seeing you in Colburn’s dance studios!

Jenifer Ringer
Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute